The MHS Cross Country Team Runs Through the Season


Sophomore Kenzie Bush running in the Basalt Invite where she placed sixth.

Abygayle England, Reporter

       So far, the Montrose Cross Country team has competed in nine meets, starting with their own home meet on August 16, and their most recent meet on October 2nd at the Mead Stampede. 

       At the Warrior Invite, both the girls and boys team placed third. At the Basalt Invite, Montrose placed first in the Men’s open, and fifth in the men’s division. At the Cheyenne mountain meet, the team place 12 in the women’s division, and 11 in the men’s division. At the tiger invite, Montrose placed first in both the men’s and women’s division. At the gunnison invite, Montrose placed fourth in the women’s division, and second in the men’s division. At the Fruita- Anna Bannana meet, Montrose Men’s JV team placed third and fourth in the men’s division.

        “My athletes are doing well, obviously we have the exact same going on with every other sport of the anxiety and the stress over possibly being quarantined, getting sick,” said head coach Brian Simpson. 

In cross country, at the regional meet, the team will need to place top four in the state in order to move onto the state meet. Although some parts of cross country are about a team effort, most of the sport is about individual growth and how well you do on your own. 

       “So far my season has been great! There’s been lots of improvement, I’ve figured out a little more of what I need for a good race, and even PR a few times!” said sophomore Kenzie Bush.

Bush then went on to talk about how she was one place away in regionals from making it to state. She has high hopes for the girls team this year and going to state, “Both teams have such a good chance in qualifying so I pray we can all go together because it’s been a while since the girls team has qualified as a team,” said Bush. 

       For the regional meet, all 14 schools in region 5 will gather in Pueblo and race, the top 4 teams will advance onto the state meet, and everybody else goes home. The regional meet will be on October 21 in Pueblo, and the state meet will be October 30 in Colorado Springs.